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Killer books : a reader's guide to exploring the popular world of mystery and suspense

by Swanson, Jean

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS374.D4 S94 1998x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PS374.D4 S94 1998x
Winner of the Agatha Award for Best Mystery Nonfiction, By a Woman's Hand was "a tour de force of a reference source on contemporary women mystery writers" (Nancy Pickard). Now Jean Swanson and Dean James have written a mystery guide with even broader appeal-by reflecting current trends in film, television, and mainstream fiction.Killer Books is the perfect guide for discovering favorite mystery writers based upon readers' personal preferences. For instance: If you liked the movies The Silence of the Lambs or The Usual Suspects, or TV's "The X-Files?" or "Murder, She Wrote," this cross-referenced sourcebook will guide you to the types of writers and books you'd most enjoy. Brilliantly organized and indexed, with complete descriptions, author profiles and awards, Killer Books is the mystery guide that lets you navigate the maze of mystery-and find the books that you'll like best.Includes special sections on: • cops • private eyes• legal thrillers • psychological suspense • historical mysteries • romantic suspense • capers and criminals• amateur sleuths • reporters, writers, filmmakers• sci -fi/horror mysteries • and more.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Two new releases from Berkley Prime Crime paperbacks are full of useful information for both mystery fans and readers' advisors. Killer Books is a wide-ranging guide to the multifaceted world of mystery and suspense fiction. A sequel of sorts to the editors' By a Woman's Hand (1994), which examined crime novels by women, this volume breaks the entire genre down into various subgenres or categories. Just what is and isn't a subgenre is a source of constant debate among mystery readers, and while Swanson and James' categories will also be challenged by some, they prove useful tools. Each chapter addresses a kind of crime novel, organized either by plot content (historical mysteries, caper novels, psychological mysteries) or by type of hero (cops, private eyes, amateur sleuths). Within each category, from 15 to 30 authors--some from the past but mainly contemporaries--are discussed, their series described, and their heroes profiled. Various indexes, including a fine geographical one, aid access. An excellent source for tracking down read-alikes within a subgenre. In Speaking of Murder, veteran authors, editors, and anthologists Gorman and Greenberg bring together 21 interviews with A-list mystery/suspense authors. The subjects range from Mickey Spillane and Ed McBain through Simon Brett and Peter Lovesey to Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell. Their reflections on their work are uniformly interesting, and the biographical details will fascinate fans. Though sometimes a few years old (the "new" book being discussed is often two or three in the past), these interviews--many originally published in the mystery press--combine browsability with reference value. --Bill Ott"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Detective and mystery stories, American -- Stories, plots, etc.
Detective and mystery stories, English -- Stories, plots, etc.
Detective and mystery stories, Canadian -- Stories, plots, etc.
Detective and mystery stories, American -- Bio-bibliography.
Detective and mystery stories, English -- Bio-bibliography.
Detective and mystery stories, Canadian -- Bio-bibliography.
Detective and mystery films -- Film and video adaptations.
Best books.
Publisher New York :Berkley Prime Crime,1998
Edition Berkley prime crime ed.
Contributors James, Dean (Darryl Dean)
Language English
Notes "The best mystery writers cross-referenced by your favorite books, movies, and TV shows"--Cover.
Description xxvi, 358 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
ISBN 0425162184 (pbk.) :
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